8 Week Challenge



  • Rolled into the gym this morning to find an Eight Week challenge has begun. You chose either fat loss or muscle building, it started on Monday and winners of Mens and Womens sections will get all sorts of healthy prizes. I think 8th December is Judgement Day. I signed on the dotted line when I saw some of the other rugby boys have entered. Ive decided to compete in the fat loss catergory. Had my bodyfat and measurements taken this morning. Was pretty pleased to be honest. If I can eventually reduce my weight to under 100 and get my bodyfat to 14-15 ish by next year I will be more than happy with my health.

    Current Body Weight: 109kgs (as of today!)
    Current Body Fat 24% 83kgs lean 26kgs Fat

    [b]My goal by 8 Dec is to weigh 100kgs at 17% Bodyfat.[/b]

    So I need to drop 9 kilos in 8 weeks. Thats more than dooable. Game On. Goal is to do 40-60 mins of morning cardio up to 5 days a week plus 2 or3 power weights sessions per week. Bye bye to fizzy drinks, piss, pies, KFC, Big Ben mince pies and spring rolls. Also reducing my intake of flat whites and dairy products. Hello to more fruits, veges, lots of water and sushi

    [b]Wednesday 10am.[/b]

    Single Leg Press 3x8-10
    Front Squat 3x6
    Bench 4x5
    Chins 3x5
    Hang Crunch 3x10

    Rehabbing from a torn muscle in my neck so am taking it pretty easy at the moment and worked well within my maxes today. First day back after two weeks of physio and resting up. Stronger than Ive ever been at the moment which feels great. But for the next eight weeks I will cut back slightly on the weights and step up the early morning cardio.

    This competion is just what I need to spur me on. Hard to do it under my own steam.



  • Good luck mate. 26kgs of fat is a fair bit to be carrying around. I suspect I wouldnt be too far off that myself. Being a desk jockey is a curse.



  • [quote name='Cutter']Good luck mate. 26kgs of fat is a fair bit to be carrying around. I suspect I wouldnt be too far off that myself. Being a desk jockey is a curse.[/quote]
    You made me feel for a second I should be cut out of my house and carried by forklift to the hospital! I reckon allot of guys with big frames carry alot more around than that without too much trouble. I reckon after I drop ten off though I will really notice the difference. The lean weight/bodyfat equation is the key, if I had 26kgs of fat and was only 60kgs leans then I would be really struggling. The BMI is a lot of shit IMO, three quarters of the All Blacks are obese according to it. Doesnt take muscle/fat percentages into consideration.



  • Bye bye to fizzy drinks, piss, pies, KFC, Big Ben mince pies and spring rolls. Also reducing my intake of flat whites and dairy products. Hello to more fruits, veges, lots of water and sushi

    Dude you mentioned pies TWICE !!

    Good luck fella, so basically you're having no xzxdrinks until December ?

    thats gonna be tough leading up to Xmas !



  • [quote name='MN5']Bye bye to fizzy drinks, piss, pies, KFC, Big Ben mince pies and spring rolls. Also reducing my intake of flat whites and dairy products. Hello to more fruits, veges, lots of water and sushi

    Dude you mentioned pies TWICE !!

    Good luck fella, so basically you're having no xzxdrinks until December ?

    thats gonna be tough leading up to Xmas ![/quote]
    Nah that part will be easy. It will be harder controlling myself from the binge once the 8 week challenge finishes! Didnt notice the double pies! Actually developed a real fondness for spring rolls from the dairy lately. Not good.



  • Its a damn shame beef jerky is so expensive, thats good stuff full of protein. However two mouthfuls and its all gone !



  • [quote name='Red Beard'][quote name='Cutter']Good luck mate. 26kgs of fat is a fair bit to be carrying around. I suspect I wouldnt be too far off that myself. Being a desk jockey is a curse.[/quote]
    You made me feel for a second I should be cut out of my house and carried by forklift to the hospital! I reckon allot of guys with big frames carry alot more around than that without too much trouble. I reckon after I drop ten off though I will really notice the difference. The lean weight/bodyfat equation is the key, if I had 26kgs of fat and was only 60kgs leans then I would be really struggling. The BMI is a lot of shit IMO, three quarters of the All Blacks are obese according to it. Doesnt take muscle/fat percentages into consideration.[/quote]

    I know it can be carried without too much trouble. I've always been overweight or obese on the BMI but no one would say I was fat. I was thinking of carrying it around in a shopping bag (or two). Until you do the analysis, you just dont realise how much it is.



  • [quote name='Cutter'][quote name='Red Beard'][quote name='Cutter']Good luck mate. 26kgs of fat is a fair bit to be carrying around. I suspect I wouldnt be too far off that myself. Being a desk jockey is a curse.[/quote]
    You made me feel for a second I should be cut out of my house and carried by forklift to the hospital! I reckon allot of guys with big frames carry alot more around than that without too much trouble. I reckon after I drop ten off though I will really notice the difference. The lean weight/bodyfat equation is the key, if I had 26kgs of fat and was only 60kgs leans then I would be really struggling. The BMI is a lot of shit IMO, three quarters of the All Blacks are obese according to it. Doesnt take muscle/fat percentages into consideration.[/quote]

    I know it can be carried without too much trouble. I've always been overweight or obese on the BMI but no one would say I was fat. I was thinking of carrying it around in a shopping bag (or two). Until you do the analysis, you just dont realise how much it is.[/quote]

    Youre right, it would be alot of weight to carry around on a backpack 24/7 or in a dozen shopping bags!



  • I've been borderline obese according to BMI a couple of times - both when I was in the best shape of my life, and my nickname is Bones (skinnybones). Go figure.



  • Was inspired by that Auckland fireman on Downsize Me last night who dropped from 119 to 97 kegs in 8 weeks. Think he dropped 10 in the first three weeks just by cutting out all the junk in his diet and exercising daily. He looked like a completely different bloke and nailed his annual fitness test, that at the begining of the show he expected to fail. Had me up walking hilss at 6am for an hour this morning anyway.



  • [quote name='Red Beard']Was inspired by that Auckland fireman on Downsize Me last night who dropped from 119 to 97 kegs in 8 weeks. Think he dropped 10 in the first three weeks just by cutting out all the junk in his diet and exercising daily. He looked like a completely different bloke and nailed his annual fitness test, that at the begining of the show he expected to fail. Had me up walking hilss at 6am for an hour this morning anyway.[/quote]

    I'm a bit sceptical of alot of downsize me, surely if he is a fireman he wouldn't have been THAT unfit would he ? Obviously nailing several bags a chippies a day doesn't help his weight but he'd be off the force if he was a liability I would have thought. Always cracks me up to see the dummys going through the supposed "hell" of eating all the junk food....they certainly go a bit overboard with the health problems they seem to suddenly develop.

    As an aside RB, if you can try and knock back coffee and tea and go for green tea instead do so. Seems to work wonders for energy and metabolism. I haven't touched coffee in over a month and after a tough first week I don't miss it at all.

    xzxdrinks would be another story so lets not go there.....



  • Have some green tea in the pantry, will give it a whirl and save the coffee for trips to the cafe sector of Te Aroha!

    My bro in law is a fireman in Auckland and he says some are in pretty average shape even though they have to do gym training for an hour every day. Each man in each truck has set jobs at each call out, eg, one rolls out hoses, one holds the hose....so they dont all have hugely physical roles to play at every incident they attend. They even have to wake one old fella up in the truck when they arrive at fires. Alot of the guys really get into the weights but dont do so much cardio which I think was the case with the guy on TV the other night. Having 50% discounts at KFC and McDonalds plus 80 inch TVs with sky at the station doesnt do much for fitness either!



  • [quote name='Red Beard'][b]Have some green tea in the pantry[/b], will give it a whirl and save the coffee for trips to the cafe sector of Te Aroha!

    My bro in law is a fireman in Auckland and he says some are in pretty average shape even though they have to do gym training for an hour every day. Each man in each truck has set jobs at each call out, eg, one rolls out hoses, one holds the hose....so they dont all have hugely physical roles to play at every incident they attend. They even have to wake one old fella up in the truck when they arrive at fires. Alot of the guys really get into the weights but dont do so much cardio which I think was the case with the guy on TV the other night. Having 50% discounts at KFC and McDonalds plus 80 inch TVs with sky at the station doesnt do much for fitness either![/quote]

    Lindsay Lohen swears by Green Tea as well although I suspect for dramatic Lohen like weight loss results a good steady heroin habit might also be recommended to supplement things.

    as for a 50% discount at KFC and Maccas...... xzxgood to that ! ( although haven't had K fries for awhile after getting a couple of dodgy bits of chicken that made me pretty crook afterwards....more so than usual ! )


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